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Split GOP????

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 07/30/05 14:36

by PDW58

I'm a firm believer that politicians never take any action that hasn't been thoroughly vetted and examined for personal political effect. That is what makes Bill Frist's and Tim Pawlenty's recent stances so interesting. Frist hasn't made any secret of his desire to run for President. But when you are a Republican, that has generally meant you kiss the a**** of as many Christian conservatives as you can find. Enter stem cell research... Obviously, Frist knows something about the national polling on this and the Fundamentalists aren't on the +50 side. But why would he take such a public stance on something that is controversial and could make nomination difficult? My speculation would be that we are seeing the beginnings of a serious rift in the national GOP.

Then there's Tim Pawlenty.. he signed that no new tax pledge to get the GOP nomination. He essentially has broken it, if you believe in the influence of the Tax Evaders League. Again, this smells more like self-preservation than a person looking for a national stage. The same rift may be developing in this state. From these lips to God's ears.....

Just another thought on the Politics in Minnesota newsletter from the Janacek/Blois combo. They mentioned some made-up rumor that Molnau might want off the ticket next time... pure speculation based on some policy disagreements. The Trib goes off half-cocked and does a follow up with Molnau who promptly denies all of it. That is really giving Sara J. way too much credit... that crap was just filler.

Things have been quiet on the Coleen Rowley front... I'm sure everyone is wondering whether the money's going to be there. The first reporting period is going to be crucial.

With Hatch looking more and more like a gubernatorial candidate, the speculation might start on who's going to run as the DFLer for attorney general. I always thought that's what Matt Entenza has been gearing up for all along, but being so close to getting the Speaker job must be tempting. Personally, I don't think Entenza is Speaker material... he doesn't build trusting relationships with his own caucus and that is even more essential for the Speaker job. We will wait and see...

Till next time....

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Midnight Musings....

Category: Society
Posted: 07/29/05 21:43, Edited: 07/29/05 21:45

by PDW58

I got permission from this blog's oversight team to start posting some rambling thougts. I get into politics pretty heavily.. I don't write opinion pieces -- this blog already has a lot of that, but I thought maybe I could add some thoughts along the way about what I observe in this political climate. Short snipets that may interest some and bore others, but good bathroom reading....

Let's take CAFTA for instance. How in the world can any self-respecting representative of MN agriculture vote for that? Change one lousy vote in the House and the thing goes down -- we got 3 schmucks representing us that have to look in the mirror and say I screwed Minnesota ....Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Kline, and Mr. Ramstad. Funny how the only Republican with any balls was Gil. Go figure.

The legislative Democrats finally stood their ground on the budget, too. Its too bad it took a legislative shutdown to finish the deal but then last year they would have caved -- the climate change is moving left..

How ironic was it to see Mark Kennedy and Patty Wetterling sharing the stage on a push for Dru's Law which made it out of committee.

Anybody see that Cheri Yecke piece in the Trib about how she feels conservative women are routinely criticized for how they look by liberal pundits? What a crock... by the way, could she get a hairdo that doesn't reek of poodle skirts??? ... come to think of it, Carol Molnau looks like a 'before' picture of Linda Tripp... Michelle Bachmann gets make-up tips from Katherine Harris, and Mary Kiffmeyer uses enough hair spray to get her own personal ozone hole... Hey, this is too easy. But seriously, how stupid is it, for a conservative to fault liberals for personal insults. They invented it.

I am still trying to figure out the Bill Frist 180 on stem cells. What he is supporting still isn't enough, but it sure is a clear break from Bush. Could he be trying to prove his MD license should still be considered valid? He almost lost all medical credibility during the Schaivo scam. The Fundamentalists ain't going to like it!

The new Politics in Minnesota newsletter sure has a Republican slant to it. Of course, if Sara Janacek is the mover involved, it has to. The Democrats are represented by Blois Olson -- I'm still trying to figure out what he has on his resume to get that job. Seems to me he managed a horrible 1st District House race about 10 years ago and stumbles all over himself on Almanac once in awhile. Guess that's what passes the Janacek test...

Oh well, maybe that's enough trash for now.... back later.

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Where's the Beef, Mr. Kline?

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 07/21/05 18:12

by Paul Bartlett

John Kline's political resume consists of one dubious qualifying entry: He carried the Gipper's suitcase.

If Kline is qualified to serve in congress because he adeptly handled his porter duties, then Reagan's:

* Air Force One pilot is qualified because he never
crashed the boss's plane.
* chef is qualified because he never poisoned the boss.
* doc is qualified because he never OD'ed the boss.
* limo driver is qualified because he never crashed the
boss's car.

John Kline has set the bar so low that real qualifications have been fully supplanted with PR silliness and pandering. As Tom DeLay's anointed toady, displaced Texan Kline is, in fact, the poster boy for photo-op nonsense. His past campaigns centered around several seconds of film footage featuring him lugging Reagan's suitcase. Kline's "fifteen minutes of fame" have worn very thin. Let's focus on the real John Kline: his acceptance of DeLay PAC money and his support of DeLay's unethical and likely illegal behavior.

As we head into another election cycle, Wendy's 1980 commercial slogan seems fitting: Mr. Kline, "Where's the beef?"
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